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Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | February 1978 (UK)
Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

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Derek Jarman

Writer:

Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Runacre ... Queen Elizabeth I / Bod
Nell Campbell ... Crabs (as Little Nell)
Toyah Willcox ... Mad
Jordan Jordan ... Amyl Nitrite
Hermine Demoriane Hermine Demoriane ... Chaos
Ian Charleson ... Angel
Karl Johnson ... Sphinx
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Viv
Neil Kennedy Neil Kennedy ... Max
Jack Birkett Jack Birkett ... Borgia Ginz (as Orlando)
Jayne County Jayne County ... Lounge Lizard (as Wayne County)
Richard O'Brien ... John Dee
David Brandon ... Ariel (as David Haughton)
Helen Wellington-Lloyd Helen Wellington-Lloyd ... Lady in Waiting
Adam Ant ... Kid
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From the distant 16th century, Queen Elisabeth I summons the spirit Ariel with the aid of the court's alchemist, the sage Doctor John Dee, to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London drowned in filth and plagued with crime. As a result, the Queen horrified with the vivid vision of a broken-down British Empire, asks to travel beyond the veil of time, some 400 years into the future, to see firsthand, that in this futuristic and horrendous new order, the capital is overrun by a corrupt police and that an autonomous vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk, Bod, has declared a multi-levelled open war. Now that Britain is practically a wasteland, where is her Majesty, the righteous Queen Elisabeth II? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Jubilee. It will excite your senses and terrify your soul! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jubileum See more »

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Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #191. See more »

Goofs

After the policemen shoot Angel and Sphinx dead, Sphinx's eyes blink before the camera cuts away. See more »

Quotes

Crabs: Why don't you take up embroidery, Bod?
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Referenced in Arena: Glitterbug (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Nine to Five
Performed by Maneaters
Written by Adam Ant (as Ant) / Toyah Willcox (as Wilcox)
Produced by Miles Copeland and Mark Perry
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Vile
13 October 2006 | by stoptalkingSee all my reviews

The 70's were worthless, a paltry shadow of the 60's, a hangover of a generation. What I got from this film and my moderate modicum of knowledge of punk was that you either became corporate or rebelle and had no cause, ala the punks. I realized the punks embraced dissent in the form of doing nothing, and embracing it. Their rebellion was an embodiment of what they viewed outsiders as. As paradoxical as that sounds it's as though they thought the world and those around them were vile, worthless trash, and took it upon themselves to become that. You can taste the grit of 1977, and it makes you feel dirty. I thought I hated this film, but I think that's the point. It's vile, and digusting, has nothing behind it but some images and scraps of ideology.


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